4th International Conference on Mobile, Adaptable and Rapidly Assembled Structures (MARAS 2014)

Venue: Andromeda Hotel & Thalassa

Location: Ostend, Belgium

Event Date/Time: Jun 11, 2014 / 9:00 am - (GMT +1:00 hours) End Date/Time: Jun 13, 2014 / 1:00 pm - (GMT +1:00 hours)
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Structures that move in the course of normal use, or which have to be assembled or erected rapidly on a relatively unprepared site, offer a particular challenge to the designer. The interaction between the structure and the mechanism by which it moves is essential in these cases. The speed of assembly, and what this means in terms of logistics, materials and cost, is a major factor in many such structures.

Mobile and rapidly assembled structures play a major role in disaster mitigation and temporary accommodation. They are of primary importance in many military as well as civilian applications and are widely used for rescue and maintenance services. Their importance continues to grow in contemporary society where speed of response is of primary importance. Also, in many cases, their reversible deployment and potential reuse can lead to a lower economical and/or ecological impact, providing a more sustainable solution.

There are common problems such as the efficient design of assembly joints, the resistance to damage of the membrane and metal cladding, crashworthiness and the limits of serviceability. Some areas of the subject are already well documented, but knowledge is fragmented and there is little design guidance available in the form of textbooks, data sheets or codes of practice. The interaction between morphology, kinematic behaviour and structural performance – typical for these structures – poses real challenges in terms of design and successful realisation.

The interaction of ideas and experience during the conference may lead to new mobile structural forms and an increased awareness of the problems of rapid assembly and mobility of structures.

This multi-disciplinary meeting will bring together engineers, architects and researchers concerned with the design, analysis, manufacturing and erection of rapidly assembled structures. This fourth edition follows the success of the previous conferences in this series, first organised in Southampton, followed by Seville and Madrid.


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